Polar Bear Showdown

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Polar bears battle over whale blubber.

Polar bears battle over whale blubber.

Home for a few days between polar bear trips!  This was one of the more exciting moments as a adult bear challenged this mom with three cubs for a hunk of whale blubber she had been carrying and sharing with her cubs.  After a bunch of growling, and even some swings with the paws, the challenger surprisingly came away with the spoils.

Columbia River Gorge, Oregon

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A visitor views Punch Bowl Falls along the Eagle Creek Trail.  Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Oregon.

Janine views Punch Bowl Falls along the Eagle Creek Trail. Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Oregon.

This is one of the prettiest areas in the United States, so it is disheartening to hear this area is being ravaged by a giant forest fire right now and will probably never look the same in my lifetime.  The United States is experiencing many natural disasters right now, from wildfires to hurricanes.  Mother nature is going to cause enough damage – to make it worse, this fire was caused by human with fireworks.

I understand firefighters are working hard right now to save this historic lodge.  It has been nearly 14 years since I made these photos, I may have waited too long for a return.

The Multnomah Falls Lodge and U.S. Forest Service Information Center at the Multnomah Falls, Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Oregon.

The Multnomah Falls Lodge and U.S. Forest Service Information Center at the Multnomah Falls, Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Oregon.

Arizona Star Trails

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Star trails in the Tortolita Mountains, near Tucson, Arizona.

Star trails in the Tortolita Mountains, near Tucson, Arizona.

This is a combination of 95 separate images.  I captured this last spring before returning to Alaska from Arizona, but just now had the time to put it together.  I look forward to doing many more this winter – and for much longer!